The term "crossover" has been used to identify both the steel-string player who wants the "nylon-string" sound or alternatively the player who wants a guitar for various, often modern, musical styles.
The player who switches from steel to nylon strings will naturally want to retain as much of the steel-string playability as possible. This is designed into my Crossover guitars, with a narrower and slimmer neck, radiused fingerboard, lowest possible action, closer string spacing and accurate intonation.
The Flamenco Negra in Alpine Spruce and Rosewood is proving very popular as a "crossover" guitar where the player needs a guitar to perform a fusion of styles or genres. The design of the Flamenco-style guitar lends itself very well to the percussive, low sustain style of music that typifies these styles. Nylon string guitars in Jazz, Celtic and South American "Salsa" are becoming increasingly popular, particularly when plugged in. The scale length and fingerboard dimensions can be adjusted as required and a cutaway or stepped-neck can also be used. Listen to the YouTube clip to hear one of my Flamenco/Crossover Guitars.
- Scale length 650 mm (640 available)
- Fingerboard 48 mm at the nut and 58 at the body (variable)
- 12th fret body join
- 57.5mm string spacing at the saddle
- Upper bout 280 mm; lower bout 372 mm. body length 490 mm.
- Machine Heads (tuners) are usually Gotoh 510 series
- D'Addario or Hannabach Flamenco strings
- Hiscox Pro-GCL case included
- Priced from £2,650
- First quality Alpine Spruce soundboard (table) selected for grain and colour. The table is braced and tuned to provide a clear, balanced yet punchy tone. Hazelfichte (Bearclaw) Italian Alpine Spruce is also available as is Western Red Cedar.
- Hand-inlaid rosette of natural woods to my own traditional design
- A Cedar neck, quarter sawn and constructed as a integral part of the body with a "Spanish heel". The head-stock may incorporate an insert of some exotic wood to match the back-insert if included.
- Indian Rosewood back and ribs selected for colour, figure and density often incorporating a contrasting central insert to the back of highly figured wood such as European Lacewood, Brazilian Ropala Lacewood, Cherry, flamed Sycamore, English Walnut atc.
- African Ebony fingerboard, surfaced and relieved to your playing style, carrying accurately positioned frets. Optimum intonation is achieved with a compensated nut and saddle.
- Indian Rosewood bridge with fully compensated bone saddle; the bridge is designed and constructed to minimise weight and optimise energy transfer to the soundboard while giving that percussive sound.
- Hand-made rosette in natural woods with Shell or mosaic inlay; hand-made wood bindings and purflings.
- Finished with Shellac French-polish.